Review of The Banished of Muirwood by Jeff Wheeler

three stars

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Length:357 Pages            Published: 18 August 2015


In a world full of magic and mystery, eighteen year old Maia is the exiled princess of Comoros and rightful heir to the throne. Forced to live as a servant in her enemy’s home, Maia flees her captors and begins a perilous quest to save her people. To survive, she must use magic she has learned in secret-despite the fact that women are forbidden to control it. Hunted by enemies at every turn, Maia realises that danger lurks within her, too. Her powers threaten to steal not only her consciousness but also her sense of right and wrong. Can she set herself free and save the realm she loves-even if her people have forgotten her? In bestselling author Jeff Wheeler’s fantasy epic, the answer may be only the beginning to Maia’s journey throughout the mystical land of Muirwood.

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It took me a while to get to grips with this story, due to learning the fabulous world Jeff Wheeler has created. His descriptions of places, languages and people are absolutely fantastic. He has created a world that you can place yourself in and get lost in for hours.

However, just as I was committed to giving this story five stars, it all got a bit confusing and seemed to skip scenes leaving you wondering what had happened in between I found characters and relationships that I had invested my time in and wanted to know more of were glanced over and new (and uninteresting to me due to my love of other characters) relationships were made within the last couple of chapters.

Now I really don’t enjoy giving less than fantastic reviews, though I was disappointed with the ending, I can’t deny that the rest of the story was brilliantly crafted and must have taken an incredible amount of patience and imagination to complete. Jeff Wheeler’s characters are strong and brilliantly thought out. He had a few surprisesup his sleeve! I have also read some great reviews for this book, so make sure you check it out for yourself. Though I haven’t left the most shining review, (huge apologies!) I still recommend this story.

Every story read is a life lived and for the most part The Banished of Muirwood is an exciting adventure to behold.


About the author

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Jeff took an early retirement from his career at Intel in 2014 to become a full-time author. He is, most importantly, a husband and father, a devout member of his church, and is occasionally spotted roaming hills with oak trees and granite boulders in California or in any number of the state’s majestic redwood groves.

More information about how he became a writer is found on his website:
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